After a long awaited sleep, day 2 is starting to feel much more realistic. 7 hours sleep over 48 hours turned our first full day in to a blur, although the welcome we received from the people at Brisbane City Temple was enough to keep us going. Today we were heading towards one of the new cities of Queensland, Ipswich.
The first official day of the ISB Australian tour, commenced with the bands arrival at Brisbane International Airport. Following the reclaiming of luggage and ensuring all instruments had remained intact from the long haul (I believe the only casualty was a baritone), it was a real lift to be greeted by several members of the Brisbane City Temple Corps including Corps officer Major Dean Clarke and Bandmaster Barrie Gott.
On Saturday September 12th at 7pm the ISB will be sharing the Birmingham Conservatoire's Adrian Boult Hall with the International Staff Songsters. On this occasion it is to celebrate the life and music of Lieut-Colonel Dr. Ray Steadman-Allen OF
The ISB is currently in close season, but looking forward to a busy time after the summer break. Next season’s events will include a weekend at Brighton Congress Hall (September), and a visit to Sheffield Citadel (November).
Quite often in life there are times when words just can't explain the sheer impact that something has on us. Boundless 150 was one of those events where it's near on impossible to describe to anyone who didn't attend how special this week in The Salvation Army's historic calendar was.
Seasons come and go - very quickly, and as the current ISB season comes to an end it is a good time to reflect upon the impact and influence of the ministry it has had around the UK.
The ISB are no strangers to the Coventry City Corps, and many links have been formed over the years.
Early Saturday morning flights from various parts of the UK got the ISB together ready for an afternoon outdoors concert. There was much interest and a lot of people standing around in the local shopping centre. However, we were reminded that the outdoor Scottish temperature, and rain, isn't the best preparation for a concert performance. The ISB was however, undeterred, and marched back to the Army hall.